Tuesday, June 2, 2015


AMS May 18 Denali West Buttress Team led by Larry Holmgren and Nate Emerson remain at 17,200' camp awaiting a good day to try for the top.  Winds remain too high to go for it.  They are doing well while they wait.

AMS Denali West Buttress May 25, team led by Todd Tumolo and Jeremiah Phelps has been at 14,200' feet camp while back carrying yesterday in good weather. They are resting and keeping occupied by doing mountain savvy classes while acclimating  and resting after moving. 

AMS custom Denali West Buttress May 27 team led by Dusty Eroh has arrived to 14,200' camp on a nice morning above the clouds that were hovering on the lower glacier. They reported a beautiful morning and afternoon.

AMS guide and director Colby Coombs and AMS guide Mike Gardener front carried to 16,200' yesterday and built some nice tent platforms for their camp.  Today, the entire May 26 Custom Denali team moved to 16,200' to camp and are all doing well. This move is a great way to acclimatize to higher elevations, and is a spectacular campsite.

AMS May 29 Denali West Buttress Team led by Alex Stroud and Scott Patch are doing well at 11,000' camp, where they moved to today.  They report that they all just enjoyed a meal of burgers and are doing great, way to go team.  They plan to back carry to retrieve previously cached food, fuel and equipment at about 9,800' tomorrow. 

AMS June 1 Denali West Buttress team led by Mark Postle, Chelsea Bomba and Chris Welch are on schedule and doing well!

AMS Brian Okonek photo looking out over 16,200' camp
AMS photo of 16,200' camp set up

AMS time lapse from May 2015 by Dustin English of the clouds being cleared by strong winds at 14K camp.
AMS view of 14,200' camp, Windy COrner and Kahiltna Glacier and Mt. Foraker. Taken while from the 16,200 ridge, May 2015. Photo by Adam Fabrikant

AMS climbers returning to 14,200' after a carry to 16,200 on a previous AMS expedition.

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